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Syria records its millionth child refugee

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:19

Aug. 23 - U.N. agencies say that one million children have been forced to flee the violence in Syria. Sarah Toms reports.

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The Syrian crisis reaches another grim milestone on Friday....UN agencies say the number of registered child refugees hits one million. Most of the children are under 11. Fourteen-year old Ahmed is living in a refugee camp in Jordan but longs to go home. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 14-YEAR-OLD REFUGEE FROM DERA'A, AHMED, SAYING: "My brother has been killed and my sister experienced a brain injury, we thought we could not bring her here at first. But in the end we brought her and my brother in an ambulance. We ended up burying him here. My sister has been receiving treatment to learn how to walk again after the accident. Because she lost usage of her left leg. I wish we could go back to home one day." The UN refugee agency says there's a further two million children displaced within Syria. Many alone or separated from their families, facing perilous threats from child labour and trafficking.

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Syria records its millionth child refugee

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:19